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What’s wrong with ‘the student experience’?

Sabri, Duna (2011) What’s wrong with ‘the student experience’? Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 32 (5). pp. 657-667.

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Sabri, Duna

Speaking about ‘the student experience’ has become common-place in higher education and the phrase has acquired the aura of a sacred utterance in UK higher education policy over the last decade. A critical discourse analysis of selected higher education policy texts reveals what ‘the student experience’ has come to signify, and how it structures relations between students and academics, institutions and academics, and higher education institutions and government. ‘The student experience’ homogenises students and deprives them of agency at the same time as apparently giving them ‘voice’. This paper examines the dominance and sacralisation of the discourse of ‘the student experience’ and questions its positioning as a means of discriminating between the value of different experiences of education.

Official Website: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01596306.2011.620750
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: higher education, student choice, policy discourse
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Taylor Francis Online
Your affiliations with UAL: Research Groups > Pedagogic Research
Date: 26 October 2011
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1080/01596306.2011.620750
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2019 12:55
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2019 12:55
Item ID: 14826
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/14826

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